The good news (well, maybe)—you just won the first-ever ‘Bad Boss Award” in British Columbia. The bad news—the publicity has the provincial Ministry of Labour looking into your overtime payment practices.
The award is the creation of the Employee Action and Rights Network, a group sponsored by the B.C. Federation of Labour’s Young Workers Committee.
The contest sparked a deluge of “bad boss” stories, including from one man who nominated his own sister—and preferred to remain anonymous. According to a report from News1130, most of the entries cited bosses who killed workplace morale, exhibited passive-aggressive behavior, or ignored safety issues.
But the entry that won the contest was about the owner of several Subway sandwich shops who made workers sign an “Employee Wage Agreement.” According to Vancouver.com, the so-called agreement, submitted by an employee whistleblower, read: “[I] understand that for any hours worked past 8 hours per day, I am entitled to overtime pay. However, I acknowledge and agree to waive any overtime wages due to my request to work additional hours per week. I hereby request additional work hours per week without any overtime pay.”
The employee also made a complaint to the Ministry of Labour. The statement violates the provincial Employment Standards Act, which calls for time and one-half for work over 8 hours and double time for work over 12 hours per day.
In giving the award, the B.C. Federation of Labour also called for an audit of the employer’s other workplace practices. The organization also plans more “Bad Boss Awards” in the future.
Sources: News1130, Vancouver.com
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